14 Dec 2010

International Wire Story.

6:04 am on 14 December 2010

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CRIK:Butt vows to make cricket return

Cricket Butt

LONDON, Dec 13 AFP - Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt says he is determined to resume playing professional cricket despite spot-fixing allegations that are threatening to end his career.

Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammed Aamer were all provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following allegations they'd all conspired in the bowling of deliberate no-balls as part of a betting scam during the fourth Test against England at Lord's in August.

The three men, who all deny the allegations against them, face a hearing in Doha next month that is set to determine their future in the game.

Butt, in an excerpt of an interview with Sky Sports News due to be broadcast in full later on Monday, said he hoped suggestions he might never play top-class cricket again were unfounded.

"I would certainly not like to think like that.

"I still remain positive and I know what I'm made of and where I've come from, and how I've played my cricket. Believe me, it has been a lot of passion all throughout my life.

"The love of the game has got me there and that love is bigger than anything, any corrupt thing, which exists."

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